Letters to the editor

Blame Clinton, not Republicans

I'm not sure I necessarily agree with your conclusion that using information technology won't help reduce the size of government, but this is not the reason I'm writing this letter ["IT and politics a bad mix," FCW, May 1].

Where I differ strongly with you is your assertion the Republicans in Congress allowed the government to be shut down during the mid-1990s when in fact Congress had appropriated the funding for the government to operate in the new fiscal year. It was President Clinton who vetoed the appropriation forcing the shutdown of most of the government. Those portions of the government with leftover no-year funds were still able to function as long as those funds hadn't been used up.

If you will recall, there was a similar battle in the early 1980s between Congress and President Reagan. Congress appropriated funds for the new year, and Reagan vetoed the bills causing a similar, albeit very brief, government shutdown. The president was vilified by the media. In the 1990s, Clinton does the same thing, yet Congress, especially the Republicans, get vilified.

Sorry children, you can't have it both ways. This is nothing short of blatant bias by the press and media, including the FCW editorial staff, and a very disingenuous bias at that. In both cases, the president deliberately chose to "turn off the spigot," and the president, not Congress, whether in whole or in part, should take the heat for shutting down the government.

Darryl Depew

Energy Department

Las Vegas, Nev.

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